Word From Westwood - Jan. 29, 2013
Jan. 29, 2013
This Wednesday night, at halftime of the men's basketball game against USC, yet another great Bruin will be honored when Reggie Miller's #31 will be raised to the rafters of New Pauley Pavilion. If the evening is anything like the ceremony for Jamaal Wilkes a couple of weeks ago, those members of the Bruin family who will be in the building are in for a special treat.
Also, the forecast inside Pauley on Wednesday night calls for a Blue Out ... the Bruins will be sporting their all-new, all-blue adidas uniforms from head to toe against USC. Ben Howland and the players are asking that all fans in attendance wear their Bruin Blue as well, creating a massive home-court advantage against our crosstown rival ...
Men's Basketball Opens Important Three-Game Homestand against USC
After taking next weekend off, the Bruins return to Pauley on Thursday, February 7 against Washington and Saturday, February 9 against Washington State, both of whom they have yet to face this season.
Tickets remain on sale for each of these games, please click here or call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN.
Women's Basketball Team Hosts Buffaloes and Utes
UCLA concludes its four-game home stand this week by hosting #22-ranked Colorado on Friday at 8:00 pm on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins end the week with Utah in a 12:30 pm tilt on Sunday.
Tickets for both games are still available here.
Olympic Sports Report
Impressive Senior Bowl for Bruins Caps off Strong All-Star Game Season
The Senior Bowl was the culmination of a great all-star game season for UCLA, one in which 15 players saw action for their respective teams in six all-star games.
Football Signing Day Celebration RSVPs Still Being Accepted
RSVP here to join Jim Mora, the UCLA Football coaching staff and current team, as they celebrate an extremely talented and exciting 2013 football recruiting class on the evening of Wednesday, February 6 in Pauley Pavilion.
The event is FREE and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required. Due to NCAA recruiting restrictions, high school students cannot be admitted.
Reminder: Northern Trust Open Hosts UCLA Day on February 16
The special day features a $65 ticket that allows access to the tournament grounds and the Palisades Club, Riviera's new, open-air and tented VIP hospitality venue. Fifty percent of all ticket proceeds will be donated back to UCLA Athletics.
For more information or to purchase your $65 VIP ticket, please visit northerntrustopen.com/ucla.
UCLA Bids Adieu to Women's Soccer Coach B.J. Snow
Snow served as head coach of the Bruins for two seasons, compiling a 34-4-6 career record, going 16-1-4 in his rookie campaign and 18-3-2 this past season. In 2012, he led UCLA to the NCAA quarterfinals, and the Bruins led the Pac-12 with a 0.55 team goals against average.
The athletic department wishes him the best is his new endeavor.
As you may have seen reported widely, at last week's NCAA Convention in Texas, decisions were made to deregulate a number of rules found in the NCAA Manual. Legislation passed to liberalize these rules may have a long-term effect on the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics.
Many of the changes have been well-received by the membership, while others are holding their judgment on certain pieces of legislation passed, largely because of their concern for the unintended consequences.
For example, many member institutions were unhappy with existing rules that mandated that an institution's Compliance staff had to monitor the printed materials being sent to prospects, including not having color on certain pages or using very particular dimensions of paper for a prospect, depending on the correspondence. These rules were put in place several years ago because it was deemed that the better-financed athletic programs were getting the competitive edge over the lesser-financed programs by producing more and higher-quality printed materials. However, institutions have increasingly felt that their staff's time would be better served addressing other more serious matters.
The legislation just passed, effective August 1 of this year, lifts the restrictions on printed recruiting materials, making it permissive to print just about anything. However, it may not be long before every institution will be creating a 500-page football media guide to keep up with the "conference next door". With zero restrictions, institutions with the greatest means can produce some pretty creative materials. Stay tuned. For the sake of deregulation and expediency, there could, and likely will be, significant cost implications -- a concern for all institutions trying to be fiscally responsible.
Though I did not attend last week's NCAA Convention, I did have the opportunity to take part in a meeting with NCAA President Mark Emmert at the winter meetings of NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) over the weekend. Emmert spent a great deal of time addressing the state of the Association, including being very frank about the issues currently facing the NCAA ... several of which many of you may be aware.
What can't be lost on any of us, however, is everything that is good about intercollegiate athletics, including much that stems from the National Office. The NCAA does a tremendous job conducting Championship events for nearly 40 sports sponsored by member institutions at the Division I, II, and III levels. Personally speaking, it is inspiring to come to work every day and join the efforts made by our coaches and staff, as well as the rest of campus, to support the goals and aspirations of our student-athletes. These student-athletes are enriched greatly by this experience, and while there is always room for improvement, it's important to keep our focus on the greater purpose of our program.
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